Day 17: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 17: #WorldWatercolorMonth Kiwi Slice on Fork

For today’s doodlewash we simply have an actual size rendering of a piece of kiwi on a stainless steel fork. While delicious to eat, kiwi is also used in a lot of DIY face masks, for skin beauty and anti-aging, due to the alpha hydroxy fruit acids and vitamins. Of course, you would probably want to take the fork out first. When New Zealanders first received this fruit from China, they named it Chinese gooseberry. Since huge export duties had to be paid on gooseberries, they coined the name kiwifruit instead, due to its uncanny resemblance to the little, hairy, brown flightless bird that’s their national symbol. These days, both the bird and the fruit simply go by the name kiwi.

Kiwi wasn’t a popular fruit on the menu when I was growing up. It wasn’t until my much older brother married his wife, that I even encountered one. She was what the family called a “health nut” due to her strange penchant for eating things that didn’t come in a box. Granted, bottles were fine, as those housed an endless array of vitamins, but solid food was only consumed fresh and whole. This included the then mysterious kiwi, which I remember thinking looked completely bizarre. It was pretty and green on the inside, but the outside looked like the scrotum of a wild animal. My grade school sensibilities were appalled and I refused to even try it at first.

Luckily, I changed my mind and tried this strange new food. Though it didn’t become my favorite fruit to eat, I did at least decide it was actually tasty and not terrifying. Later in life, I would learn about all the amazing health benefits that the touters like to tout, but back then things actually had to taste good in order to be consumed. I remember the first time I tried many different foods, and it’s remarkable how those memories stick. I can’t always remember the exact time and place, but I never forget that first encounter with a new food. And that’s why I’ve never forgotten that time, years ago, when I dared to try a hairy, brown fruit called kiwi.

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Azo Yellow, Permanent Green Pale, Ultramarine Blue, and Burnt Sienna. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.

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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
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52 Comments
  1. Curious to the Max 1 year ago

    Fork it over, you gooseberry, you!
    Aiyyyyyyyy! Stabbed in the heart.
    __________________________________________

    Charlie O’, I am afraid I will have to report you to the SPCG (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Gooseberries)

  2. richardjh3 1 year ago

    I love the colors you have used. Very nice

  3. theturtle 1 year ago

    Oh! you captured the colours and the texture perfectly 🙂
    I do love kiwis and that they supposedly have more vitamin C than oranges . Portugal is a producer of kiwis , as strange as it might be , and ours are actually better than the imported ones (in my humble opinion 😉 )
    Turtle Hugs

    • Author

      Aww thanks!! 😃💕 Yeah, they are supposed to be higher in Vitamin C … didn’t know that about Portugal though… cool!

      • theturtle 1 year ago

        A very small country with oodles of little treasures scattered around (and I’m not talking about fruit now 😉 )
        Wishing you a good week

      • Author

        Have a good week as well!

  4. Teri C 1 year ago

    Wonderful,sketch! That fork looks awesome and the bright green is perfect. And the words…lol

  5. Jodi 1 year ago

    Great job Charlie! And you even captured the reflections in the fork! Awesome job!

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Hairy scrotum of a wild animal – and you know this how?

    Tasty fruit, truly. I love a fresh fruit salad of red (strawberries) pink (raspberries) yellow (pineapple) orange (mango) blue (blueberries) dark purple (blackberries) and green (kiwi of course) Served in a clear glass bowl, looks and tastes scrumptious.

    • Author

      Yeah… I just have a very active imagination. I can’t prove it, but it seems to fit! LOL And yum… what a wonderful rainbow of color and flavors in that salad! 😃💕

  7. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Forget the fork…just cut it into quarters and eat it off the skin. Although I will never look at the skin in quite the same way again. (K)

    • Author

      Haha… sorry about that… I need an editor! LOL But that sounds like a perfect way to eat one! Thanks Kerfe! 😃💕

  8. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    At the moment I am laughing. Our first encounter with kiwi fruit had my husband calling them monkey balls. Way back when, late 70’s. Trying new food likened to body parts of furry animals? Not easy. Funny how it all turns out okay.

  9. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Hi Charlie, kiwi is one of my favorites. Thanks for the interesting narrative. Beautiful doodlewash.

  10. artandmoondreams 1 year ago

    Still giggling at your “grade school sensibilities”…;D Lovely painting, you captured the vibrant color of a delectable kiwi beautifully!

  11. AmaOng detail on your fork….by that I mean the reflection, as structurally forks are fairly simplic, although compared to the cutlery draw alternatives I guess they are a more complex utensil……oh basically it’s bloomin fantastic for a fork. for the kiwi, the beautiful bright green health kick, which I had never considered to look like a scrotum before, let alone a hairy wild animals bits….this could now be a problem for me, as I usually eat these things whole, that being said I am not sure this will be possible now, as I might start imagining the poor kangaroo, who could have lost his knackers? It used to be figs that I thought resembled a lost ball, with the bits inside resembling a very healthy bag of swimmers….I eat the whole of the fig too, so I guess another fruit resembling animal parts shouldn’t be a problem? 🤔😜😂😋

    • Should be oh my gosh! Predictive!

    • jmnowak 1 year ago

      …”as I usually eat these things whole…”…hahahahahahaha, eyes streaming and belly aching…hahahaha! I’d guess you also eat bananas whole!! hahahaha 😜😂😋

      • Oh, never tried that one, I might have to assume bananas, and the skins can be left to the great apes.

      • jmnowak 1 year ago

        …you are SO funny! I thought we were the ‘great apes’…lol. 😀

      • Lol, apes maybe, but I don’t think the gorillas would agree to us being all that great, 😉

    • Author

      HAHAHA! Oh know… now I can’t stop imagining a poor kangaroo with missing knackers! LOL 😂😂 Oh my! Yeah… best to not think too much when eating strange looking food I guess. So thrilled you like my doodlewash though! 😃💕I’ve been trying to practice more reflections this month!

      • Your reflections are superb, I am in awe of them, a great skill. My Animals don’t have much reflection, apart from the eyes, and the reflection and contemplation I put upon myself, he he.

      • Author

        But those eye reflections are stunning! They give them so much life!

  12. The Leaf Diary 1 year ago

    That’s very nice!

  13. The Leaf Diary 1 year ago

    I was looking at the way you represented the end of the fork that goes into the kiwi, nicely done!

  14. jmnowak 1 year ago

    After my belly-ache laugh, courtesy REcreate…etc, I don’t know what to say! I do have a comment ‘tho — how clever of you to do the slice life-size! Beautifully rendered, Charlie (a fave fruit).

  15. Beautiful job, Charlie, your work just gets better and better. Bravo! I pay lots of attention to your colors now, more than ever! Learning, or trying to. Thank you. 💚

    • Author

      Aww thanks Laura! 😃💕 I’m trying to play with color more and get the contrast I love without resorting to NT. Still not giving up my pen though… hehe… didn’t like that experiment as well.

      • I think your work is beautiful, wouldn’t change it, Charlie, love your pen and all of the details you get. And it’s so interesting that just when I think I see NT creeping back…….you’re getting the same effect with different colors. Loving that, I learn so much from you, bro. 💜💜💜

      • Author

        Thanks!! 💜So far… just Ultamarine Blue and Burnt Sienna mixed just right without a lot of water get the NT effect I liked… hehe…. though I am going to keep playing with color combos. 😉

  16. Cathe 1 year ago

    Hum, I love kiwi and your rendering but now I will no longer see a kiwi quite the same…

    • Author

      Lol… thanks, Cathe! 😃💕 Sorry… I just type and post so sometimes I actually go back and look when people comment as I don’t even realize what weird thing I’ve said. 😊hehe

  17. Angie 1 year ago

    Kiwis are so good when they’re ripe. It’s like candy to me. Have you tried the golden ones? Also, did you know kiwis can repair your DNA damage? Just by eating one of them can repair your DNA!

  18. Looks so delicious, Charlie! Very well doodlewashed!

  19. graham mcquade 1 year ago

    Really nice feel to the metallic fork. It comes over really well.

  20. Jacob 1 year ago

    Has anyone said forking awesome yet? 😉 The metals and their reflections are always a joy, and loving those greens of course! 😉 I too was apprehensive of the kiwi at first. Thankfully, the inside was much more pleasant – they taste better than they first look!

    • Author

      Haha! No… forking awesome is fantastic! Lol Thanks Jacob! Yeah, kiwi isn’t the prettiest fruit, but it makes up for it in flavor!

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